Derivation of the word oaktag
self at TOWSE.COM
Fri Dec 20 19:09:12 UTC 2002
Judy Yeh wrote:
> I heard "oaktag" while attending elementary school in Jamaica, Queens,
> from 1985-1990. My teachers were all middle-aged or elderly, and I think
> they grew up (or at least lived most of their lives) in Queens, in
> neighborhoods like Flushing and Fresh Meadows. Come to think of it, I
> don't think my classmates used the term--only the teachers did--and I
> never heard it again after I finished elementary school. Many (perhaps
> most) of the teachers at my high school did not grow up in New York
Raised in California, Bay Area. Never heard the word until it
came up in this question. So is it poster board or isn't it?
Sounds like a trademark-gone-generic sort of derivation.
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